The nature of Switzerland makes it one of the best countries for skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering. The popularity of the winter sports increased greatly with the invention of bobsleigh in St. Moritz in the 2nd half of the 19th century. St. Moritz & Murren were the cities-hosts of the 1st world ski championships while St. Moritz also hosted the 2nd & 5th Winter Olympic Games in 1928 & 1948. Here are the most popular skiing resorts for all types of ski lovers (beginners or professionals):
- Gstaad: Situated on the western side of the Bernese Oberland, Gstaad is definitely the most elegant part of the larger ski region of Saanenland. Even though there are a few cheap lodgings in the area, it would be more recommended to prefer the more expensive hotels. There are a lot of things to do apart from skiing, like watching music festivals, shopping and people-watching. Skiing is very easy here so it’s better for beginners and intermediates.
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- Arosa is the upcoming skiing resorts of Switzerland. It attracts mainly younger audiences, so it’s filled with modern buildings rather than the traditional wooden ones. Even though it’s relatively cheap as a resort, it offers very good skiing opportunities for intermediates and beginners. The more experienced ones can ride down the most dramatic slopes which drop more than 1.000m.
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- Mürren is definitely one of the weirdest-positioned skiing resorts in Switzerland. It's situated on a rock ledge high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Bernese Oberland and it's only accessible by cable-car. Even though its charming location offers magnificent views to admire, the cost of staying here is pretty high. Nevertheless, it's a heaven for the experienced skiers as it's the nearest resort to the steep slopes of the Schilthorn.
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- Zermatt is situated at the foot of the Matterhorn, the highest and most photographed mountain in Switzerland. The charm of this resort mainly comes from the traditional style of the buildings but also the lack of traffic. It has been over a century now that it's known as the party town of Switzerland and the perfect place for beer-drinking. The skiing opportunities are also superb, featuring a complicated network of chairlifts, cog railways and gondolas transferring the skiers to the peaks of the regional mountains.
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